We are reviewing the Australian Road Rules (ARRs) to identify regulatory barriers preventing the safe and legal use of MMDs (motorised wheelchairs and mobility scooters) and PMDs (personal mobility devices).
Through the NTC’s consultation process for Barriers to the safe use of innovative vehicles and motorised mobility devices it was agreed that motorised mobility devices and innovative vehicles (personal mobility devices or PMDs) and their users are inherently different.
To address the key differences associated with MMDs and PMDs, the project has been separated into two and an independent analysis of each has been completed. These analyses are presented in separate papers to allow for a more efficient and effective progression of the policy development and legislative reform process.
Publication date 09 Jan 2019
Comments due 27 Feb 2019
Publication date 16 Oct 2019
Comments due 11 Dec 2019
Publication date 24 Oct 2019
Comments due 13 Dec 2019
Ministers have agreed to recognise Personal Mobility Devices in the ARRs, providing a nationally consistent basis for states and territories to begin to legalise these devices for use on public infrastructure. The NTC will now begin work on draft legislative amendments to implement the agreed policy into the model ARRs, which will be presented to ministers in May 2021.
The NTC is investigating the barriers in the Australian Road Rules that prevent the safe and legal use of innovative vehicles and motorised mobility devices.
The NTC is seeking feedback on regulatory options that can provide a nationally-consistent approach to the safe and legal use of these devices.